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Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor may take smartphone security to new level

June 29, 2015 - 9:07am
A new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor measures 3-D image of your finger's surface and the tissue beneath it -- enhancing biometrics and information security for smartphones and other devices. Fingerprint sensor technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone 6 produces a two-dimensional image of a finger's surface, which can be spoofed fairly easily with a printed image of the fingerprint. A newly developed ultrasonic sensor eliminates that risk by imaging the ridges and valleys of the fingerprint's surface, and the tissue beneath, in three dimensions.

Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor may take smartphone security to new level

June 29, 2015 - 9:00am
Fingerprint sensor technology currently used in smartphones like the iPhone 6 produces a two-dimensional image of a finger's surface, which can be spoofed fairly easily with a printed image of the fingerprint. A newly developed ultrasonic sensor eliminates that risk by imaging the ridges and valleys of the fingerprint's surface, and the tissue beneath, in three dimensions.

Start of test with solar energy generating noise barriers alongside highway

June 29, 2015 - 6:46am
Alongside the A2 highway near Den Bosch, The Netherlands, two test noise barriers are installed that generate solar energy. The aim of this practical test, that was officially launched 18 June is to assess the economic and technical feasibility of this form of energy generating noise barriers. Playing a key role in the test are the LSC panels, developed by researcher Michael Debije at TU/e.

Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor may take smartphone security to new level

June 28, 2015 - 10:00pm
(American Institute of Physics) A new ultrasonic fingerprint sensor measures 3-D image of your finger's surface and the tissue beneath it -- enhancing biometrics and information security for smartphones and other devices

Message-bearing coffee foam taps printer mechanics

June 28, 2015 - 2:00pm
If vendors could choose the key marketing rule of thumb for the past decade, you might learn they did it with two words, Personalize This. From sneakers to t-shirts to news feeds to music services, marketers believe consumers happily bend to rules of engagement by whatever means feasible as long as the consumers can be made to feel the vendor is looking right at them and their needs.

Apple bets on radio splash in streaming bid

June 27, 2015 - 5:08pm
In its bid to become a power in music streaming, Apple is devoting its vast resources to create what it hopes will be a first truly global radio station.

What? Hearing Aids Are Out of Range for Most Americans (Op-Ed)

June 27, 2015 - 12:37am
Despite the impact hearing aids can have on quality of life, they remain out of reach for too many Americans.

Audio overkill? Some question benefits of 'high-res' music

June 26, 2015 - 10:35am
Its backers say it does for music lovers what ultra high-definition television has done for couch potatoes.

Tell presidential candidates, 'It’s the enterprise, stupid!'

June 26, 2015 - 8:31am

Opinion: Listen up, Republicans: Government is not bad. Face it, Democrats: Business is not bad. America needs both to flourish.

Tests vs. Fests: Students in 'learning celebrations' rather than exams scored higher and enjoyed themselves

June 25, 2015 - 3:07pm
A sociologist who reshaped "test day" in his class -- transforming it with balloons, streamers, treats and music -- found that students in "learning celebrations" scored higher than students who took standard-style exams in previous semesters.

Songbirds have a thing for patterns

June 25, 2015 - 11:09am
You might think that young children would first learn to recognize sounds and then learn how those categories of sounds fit together into words. But that isn't how it works. Rather, kids learn sounds and words at the same time. Now, researchers present evidence from European starlings showing that songbirds learn their songs in much the same way.

Songbirds have a thing for patterns

June 25, 2015 - 10:00am
You might think that young children would first learn to recognize sounds and then learn how those categories of sounds fit together into words. But that isn't how it works. Rather, kids learn sounds and words at the same time. In fact, the higher-level patterns—those words—are key in learning to recognize and place speech sounds into meaningful categories. That's why children who grow up in Japanese-speaking homes don't recognize the difference between 'r' and 'l' sounds. In Japanese, that distinction doesn't matter. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on June 25 present evidence from European starlings showing that songbirds learn their songs in much the same way.

Magnitude 5.8 Earthquake Strikes Alaska

June 24, 2015 - 6:22pm

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'Oh Pluto': Song Celebrates Upcoming Flyby of Dwarf Planet

June 24, 2015 - 3:18pm
Singer-songwriter Craig Werth has written a song called "Oh Pluto" to highlight and celebrate NASA's New Horizons mission, which will give the world its first up-close looks at the dwarf planet during a highly anticipated flyby on July 14.

Independents line up behind Apple Music

June 24, 2015 - 2:00pm
Several independent music label groups, including those representing Adele, Arcade Fire and Radiohead, say they can now support Apple Music after Apple reversed a decision not to pay royalties during the 90-day free trial period and adjusted other terms.

Norepinephrine aids brain in sorting complex auditory signals

June 24, 2015 - 12:32pm
The neuromodulator norepinephrine has an unexpected, direct action on auditory processing of complex signals, specifically bird songs in the zebra finch, new research suggests.

Why parrots are great vocal imitators

June 24, 2015 - 12:31pm
Scientists have uncovered key structural differences in parrot brains that may help explain why this group of bird species can mimic speech and songs so well. These brain structures went unrecognized in studies published in the past 34 years. The results may lend insight into the neural mechanisms of human speech.

Study hints at why parrots are great vocal imitators

June 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
An international team of scientists led by Duke University researchers has uncovered key structural differences in the brains of parrots that may explain the birds' unparalleled ability to imitate sounds and human speech.

Eavesdropping on the body: New device tracks chemical signals within cells

June 24, 2015 - 7:06am
A new device that more quickly and accurately 'listens in' on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply has been invested by scientists. The tool improves our understanding of how cancerous growth begins, and could identify new targets for cancer medications.

Eavesdropping on the body: New device tracks chemical signals within cells

June 24, 2015 - 6:20am
Biomedical engineers at the University of Toronto have invented a new device that more quickly and accurately "listens in" on the chemical messages that tell our cells how to multiply. The tool improves our understanding of how cancerous growth begins, and could identify new targets for cancer medications.